Ruling party wins parliamentary elections in Burundi
Iran Press TV
Tue Jul 7, 2015 4:50PM
Burundi's ruling party has officially been confirmed as the winner of the country's parliamentary elections despite controversy surrounding President Pierre Nkurunziza's seeking of a third term in office.
Burundi's national election commission announced Tuesday that the CNDD-FFD party has won 77 out of 100 elected seats in parliament.
The elections on June 29 were marred by huge street protests demanding Nkurunziza drop his bid for a third term in office, calling it unconstitutional and against the 2000 Arusha Accord, which provided a framework to end the civil war in the country.
Burundian opposition parties had boycotted the elections on the grounds that Nkurunziza has launched a massive crackdown on dissent. The African Union (AU) also said earlier in June that they will not observe the votes in Burundi until calm returns to the African state.
Nkurunziza, who has been Burundi's president for two legal five-year terms, has repeatedly rejected claims that he is violating the constitution and the Arusha peace document by seeking to remain in power, arguing that he can still run for president as his rise to power after Burundi's 12-year civil war in 2005 did not come through direct votes.
Burundi is also set to hold presidential vote on July 15.
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